Early-Release Inmate Arrested for Attempted Carjacking Less than a Day After Release

Less than 24 hours after being released from jail, 30-year-old Long Beach resident Raymond Moreno was arrested for attempting to carjack a vehicle near 15th and Chestnut Avenue in Central Long Beach.

Moreno is part of the controversial realignment program—signed into law by Governor Brown in 2011 through Assembly bills 109 and 117—that grants early leave to low-level prison inmates. The Los Angeles County-specific program which monitors these early releases, Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS), is in charge of overseeing non-violent, non-serious offenders upon release.

Moreno, who had been convicted on charges of an ex-felon carrying a firearm with gang enhancement sentencing, had completed 37 days of his 180-day sentence when he was released on February 8. On February 9, he attempted to carjack a vehicle. The driver escaped the incident, but contacted the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) and Moreno was later located along Cedar Avenue between 15th and 17th streets.

According to the LBPD, a special “AB 109 Team” was created last year to monitor those like Moreno within the PRCS program. 854 arrests were made for so-called PRCS violations last year, which the LBPD broke down in the following numbers:

  • (2) Murder
  • (10) Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • (18) Robbery
  • (23) Weapons Violations
  • (44) Residential/Auto Burglary
  • (198) Narcotic Violations
  • (8) Gang Injunction Violations
  • (396) Other PRCS Violations

85 of the offenders arrested last year had already been arrested in Long Beach over 3 times, with 14 of those being residents of other cities. Long Beach accounts for 6% of all PRCS-related arrests in 2013 in the county.

Moreno is being held at Los Angeles County Jail on $160K bail.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food to politics to urban transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 12 nominations and an additional win for Best Political Commentary. Born in Big Bear, he has lived in Long Beach since college. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.